This one goes out to all my fellow Jane Austen lovers! We all know the epitome of love stories is Pride and Prejudice. How many of us have dreamed of meeting our own Mr. Darcy! Well, I thought it would be fun to share some wonderful Pride and Prejudice retellings with you today.
Retelling vs. Adaptation vs. Variation
Retelling: noun, a new, and often updated or retranslated, version of a story. (You can find my article about Multicultural Pride & Prejudice retellings here)
Adaptation: noun, something produced by adapting: an adaptation of a play for television.
Variation: noun, the act, process, or accident of varying in condition, character, or degree (You can find my article about Pride & Prejudice variations here.)
In storytelling, the difference between retelling and adaptation and variation seems to be determined by the outcome. What I mean by that is that both retelling and adapting a story involved putting your own spin on it. But when adapting a story, this seems to involve putting the story in a different format. Such as, books that are turned into movies. Or movies that are turned into plays, etc. A variation of a story, such as Pride and Prejudice, is when the same characters are involved but in new or different circumstances. For example, telling the story from a different character’s perspective.
There have been many Pride and Prejudice adaptations over the years in the form of books to movies. Some of the more popular movie versions are:
Pride and Prejudice Modern Retellings
Here are a few of the many modern Pride and Prejudice books that have been written over the years! And, whether you consider them Pride & Prejudice retellings or adaptations or variations doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you find one you like and hunt it down to read!
This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.
Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.
Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .
And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.
Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she’s cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town’s most eligible–and arrogant–bachelor.
You’ll enjoy this YA retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Coral Tree Prep School in Los Angeles. Derek Edwards, son of Hollywood royalty, pretty much rules the school. New to school and daughter of the principal, Elise Benton, is definitely not royalty. But, when these two keep getting thrown together, who knows what will happen!
You’ll enjoy this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting. And, you’ll find that not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.
Caralyn Sharp has a demanding job and a love life that just walked out the door. She barely has time to be her best friend’s Maid of Honor. Right when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she brakes hard to avoid a turtle and is rear-ended by Alex Garrison. He’s a military officer with an attitude and the owner of the most amazing pair of blue eyes she’s ever encountered. As they continue to cross paths, she can’t decide what she wants more: to scream at him or stare into his dreamy eyes.
Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.
“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.
Henry is Spring’s only hope at publication, but he’s also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite–though she can’t help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. Spring finds there’s more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.”
I really enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice retelling! We have Dr. Trisha Raje, the genius neurosurgeon daughter and Chef DJ Cain. Both are trying to find their way in a new world, new culture and yet honor their families.
Author Sonali Dev does an amazing job describing Indian culture throughout the book! The meals that Chef Cain produce sound amazing and Dev has given one of the recipes in the back of the book.
Pride, Prejudice and Zombies is more of a Pride and Prejudice variation as opposed to a retelling. Either way, it’s a fun and clever story for Jane Austen fans!
Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel.
This expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem begins when a mysterious plague falls upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life!
Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. It’s the perfect read for literature lovers, zombie fans, and anyone who loves a reanimated Austen.
Jane Austen retellings
There is just something about Jane Austen books that have stood the test of time. Whether it’s her innate sense of building characters, her wit, or maybe just the way she can tell a great story. My guess is that it’s some of all of that and probably more!
But, because of Austen’s timelessness, we have a plethora of choices of retellings, variations and adaptations to enjoy. So, if Pride and Prejudice is one of your favorites, I highly recommend checking out some of the wonderful modern retellings.
And, you might even find some that I didn’t. If so, I’d love to hear about them and add them to the list. Just leave a comment below!
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